Thursday, March 29, 2012

Just in from Boise

Animal Cruelty Law Passes Legislature

Boise--Idaho Lawmakers approved a felony animal cruelty law.

If the Bill can get by Governor Butch Otter's veto stamp, Idaho and the Dakotas would be the only states in the Union without an animal cruelty law.

The Governor's Chief of Staff told reporters that Governor Otter won't consider the bill until next week.

The Idaho Senate approved the legislation on Thursday morning and enhances penalties for cockfighting and multiple misdemeanors for animal cruelty convictions. The House passed the plan earlier this month.

The bill exempts normal animal production practices, earning its support from livestock producers

Senate lawmakers backed the measure in a 24-11 vote.

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